Very few races will be contested in the May 16 election for Douglas County after the deadline passed for filing last Thursday.

Out of four positions up for vote on the Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees, two will be contested. All are four-year terms except for Zone 6.

In Zone 6, Chris Rusch of Tiller, who was appointed to fill the position until an election could be held, will run against Joelle McGrorty of Riddle for the remainder of the four-year term.

Rusch was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Joe Yetter.

Zone 5 will have incumbent Bob Bell of Dillard running against Guy Kennerly, also of Dillard.

Two newcomers will run unopposed in the other open spots.

Roseburg businessman Steve Loosley is uncontested for Zone 7, an open position, which is currently held by board chair Vanessa Becker, who decided not to run again. Financial planner David Littlejohn of Roseburg is also uncontested in Zone 4.

The Douglas Education Service District will have one contest. Incumbent Bernis Kay Wagner will seek re-election against Gina Marie Stewart for Position 1.

A handful of open school board positions in the county have contested races.

Winston-Dillard has two races. Ethan Powell will face Marlys Hobson in Position 2, and in Position 3, Brian West will face Lorna Quimby.

In the North Douglas School District, Trissie Penland and Jeff Frieze will contend for Position 4.

In Yoncalla, Dave Anderson and David McDonald will compete for Position 3 of the Yoncalla School Board.

In Glendale, the school board has two contested races. Samantha Cline and William Boal will face off for Position 5 while MacKenzie Perry and Peter Ney will compete for Position 6.

For many of the special district board positions in the county where nobody filed, winners will be determined by write-ins.

The election is set for May 16 and ballots will be sent out to voters in late April.

Voters can register or check their registration information online at oregonvotes.gov.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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